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Hay & Kilner’s lawyers take to the stage

24 Apr 2013

Hollywood could be beckoning for some north east based legal eagles. Lawyers from Hay & Kilner’s employment and litigation teams have recently scripted and featured in a number of training films for NBS. NBS is part of RIBA Enterprises Ltd, the commercial arm of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

NBS approached Hay & Kilner because they’d attended a number of the solicitor’s employment ‘role play’ seminars. They realised that they weren’t your run of the mill legal presentation of the facts. These were real life situations faced by businesses brought to life on the stage.

Sarah Hall, an employment partner at Newcastle based Hay & Kilner, commented:

‘We decided a few years ago that our commercial clients needed us to demonstrate how they should tackle the challenges presented by complex, ever-changing legislation in a straight forward and understandable manner. By filming these staged situations, we show managers and business owners a number of scenarios such as how to conduct disciplinary meetings and how to deal with difficult employees.’

The Hay & Kilner video approach has also been used by its litigation team to show businesses how to handle problem commercial debts. Neil Harrold, Insolvency partner at Hay & Kilner, commented:

‘Unpaid overdue bills are a major headache for all businesses. They play havoc with their cash flow and, if not addressed, can undermine the health and even the survival of the business. In the video, we examine a number of commonly encountered problems, based on real life experiences and give tips on how to deal with them.’

Feedback from Hay & Kilner’s clients has been very positive. Norvil McClurg, Managing Director of Care Management Services, a client of Hay & Kilner’s employment and litigation departments commented:

‘I’ve just viewed the latest training video offering on Hay & Kilner’s website on the subject of commercial debt recovery and have enjoyed watching & listening to the approaches discussed and advice given. It was an excellent piece of work and extremely apposite to the times for most small businesses.’

Employment team

The videos are also used by NBS, expert providers of technical information for construction industry professionals, as an educational tool on their website.

Hay & Kilner’s constant quest for improving the services offered to clients resulted in the launch of HR Key last year. The service transforms the way its business clients gain legal advice when managing their workforce. Businesses of all sizes, from SMEs to plcs, can sign up for the fixed fee service which gives them unlimited telephone support from Hay & Kilner’s experienced employment solicitors. Subscribers to the service are also given generous insurance protection and online access to an extensive range of HR documents aimed at preventing and resolving employment issues. All of the documents in the data bank were also personally prepared and are regularly updated by Hay & Kilner’s employment law team.

You can view the videos by visiting our commercial debt recovery & employment service pages.

For further information, please contact Sarah Hall.